Abstract Sculptures of DC: Heroic Shore Points

This bright red sculpture adds a major swath of color to the grey buildings that surround it.

As described by sculptor James Rosati, the Brutalist-style Humphrey Building didn’t have much energy or light because of its mostly grey or neutral-toned concrete exterior. In response, his sculpture, Shore Points, utilized color and scale in order to create a large swath of color outside the building’s entrance. The large aluminum cubes and rectangular shapes he used lean and stack on top of each other, with the entire sculpture painted in a reflective and bright red. A minimalist sculpture, the 10-foot tall, 32-foot wide artwork matches the building in scale, but brings color and life back to the imposing building.

Rosati’s sculpture was originally installed in 1977 and commissioned by the General Services Administration for the exterior of the building. It remained at this location until 2000, when it was relocated for restoration. Unfortunately, the sculpture would not return to its location for many years, due to the secretary of Health and Human Services' dislike for it. Thus, it was kept in long-term storage until his departure from the position. However, the sculpture has since returned to its spot, and continues to draw eyes from the surrounding buildings.

This site is a stop on the Abstract Sculptures of DC tour.



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